Armed Rebels Leave 100 Dead
[AI London]UN peacekeepers and the Congolese authorities must act urgently to protect civilians from a spate of sporadic attacks by armed rebels which has left at least 100 dead in the last month said Amnesty International today.
Test of African Democracy - Burkina and Beyond
[allAfrica]Washington, DC -On Thursday the former soldier who seized power in Burkina Faso 27 years ago agreed to negotiate with opponents. The announcement was a response to massive popular demonstrations against President Blaise Compaoreâ€™s intention to extend his rule for another term. While most protesters were peaceful, violence left Parliament and other buildings in flames. Amid reports in the evening that the military had taken over in what amounted to another coup, social media celebrated that some soldiers had join
The Rumble in the Jungle - Forty Years Later, Still the Greatest Fight of Them All
[Daily Maverick]One of the most famous events in sports history, the "Rumble in the Jungle" - the heavyweight boxing title fight between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali in Kinshasa - took place forty years ago. J. BROOKS SPECTOR considers its continuing impact.
TV Cameraman Badly Hurt in Targeted Goma Shooting
[RSF]Reporters Without Borders joins its local partner Journalist in Danger (JED) in calling for a thorough investigation into a shooting attack on a TV cameraman in the eastern city of Goma on 25 October.
Amid Fresh Violence, 'Presence Without Action, Undermines Our Credibility' - UN Envoy
[UN News]Amid continuing flare-ups of deadly violence and a tenuous humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission (MONUSCO) in the vast African nation today underlined the need for a "proactive, not reactive" response in countering the country's rebel groups and boosting protection for civilians.
A Long Wait About to End
[CAF]For both clubs involved in this weekend's first leg of the CAF Champions League final it has been a long wait to return to this stage of the competition. AS Vita Club from Congo DR won the showpiece event of African club football in 1973 and were losing finalists in 1981. On Sunday in Kinshasa, Vita will host Algeria's ES Setif, who won the event in 1988, but both teams have failed to return to the last four since their most recent appearances in the final. The winner of the competition will earn the right
UN, African Union Urge Population in Eastern Town to Support Operations to End Rebel Threat
[UN News]Visiting the site of recent flare-up of deadly violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations and African Union (AU) envoys met with the Mayor of the town of Beni, Congolese military officials and local leaders, urging a united front to "put an end to the terror imposed on the population by armed groups," including Ugandan-based rebels operating in the area.
State Dept. Congratulations to Dr. Mukwege On 2014 Sakharov Prize
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Ebola Cases Now Exceed 10,000
[allAfrica]Geneva -An overview of the current state of Ebola infections is provided by excerpts from the October 25 situation report of the World Health Organization's Ebola Response Roadmap:
Eagles to Train in Warri for Congo Clash
[This Day]The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced monday that the Super Eagles will train in Warri ahead of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations ( AFCON) qualifier against Congo in Point-noire next month.
Monduli Academy Boosts DRC Army
[Arusha Times]President Joseph Kabange Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo has praised the Monduli-based Tanzania Military Academy for empowering DRC soldiers whose first batch had just graduated from the TMA base last weekend.
Four Bemba Aides Freed, Ngudjolo Protests His Innocence
[Hirondelle]Arusha -The International Criminal Court this week ordered the interim release of four suspects close to Congolese Senator Jean-Pierre Bemba. In another ICC hearing, former Congolese militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo again protested his innocence.
US Prelate Supports Bishops On Presidential Term
[CISA]Kinshasa -Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, United has asked the US state department to support efforts of the Congolese bishops who are opposing the suggested end to presidential term limits in the country.
Military Reshuffle Signals a Political Landscape in Motion
[African Arguments]In September 2014, the Congolese government carried out a reorganization of its armed forces (FARDC). Congo is a huge country covering many local realities, each of which has its own threats, balance of power, conflict potential and economic assets.
Bemba's Lawyer, Aides Released
[Bemba Trial Website]Today, Jean Pierre Bemba's former lead defense lawyer and two associates were released from International Criminal Court (ICC) detention. The trio, along with another former lawyer to the Congolese opposition leader, had been held in The Hague for nearly a year on accusations of bribing witnesses and forging evidence.
The DRC and Its Neighbourhood - the Political Economy of Peace
[SAIIA]On 24 February 2013, 11 African countries signed the Addis Ababa Framework Agreement designed to bring peace to the Great Lakes Region, in particular the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has been in the grip of armed conflict for two decades.
UN Mission Comes Under Attack, Steps Up Security
[UN News]The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, known as MONUSCO, has stepped up its security following several attacks on its bases in North Kivu, including one this morning, when a large number of youths converged on the premises, and another yesterday which required the evacuation of 12 staff members.
Congo Protests Against UN Peacekeepers
[Deutsche Welle]Protestors in eastern Congo accuse UN peacekeepers of failing to do enough to protect them from lethal attacks by rebels. Some Congolese are now arming themselves and joining militia groups out of desperation.
Congo Doctor Denis Mukwege Wins Europe's Top Human Rights Prize
[Thomson Reuters Foundation]London -A Nobel-prize nominated Congolese gynaecologist who survived an attempt on his life in 2012 has won the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for helping victims of sexual violence in his country.
Cheers for a Hero
[HRW]In a move that will surely draw a collective cheer from thousands of women whose lives have been destroyed by brutal sexual violence, the European Parliament announced that Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege won the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. I am cheering with them.